Get a firsthand look at African American music from the 19th and 20th century in this exhibition created in 1943 at the Detroit Public Libary. The collection contains over 600 sheet music compositions published between 1799 and 1922. The historical themes presented through song relate to Southern plantation life and slavery, the Civil War, abolitionism, emancipation, Reconstruction. On the website, you can search the collection by song title, lyrics, composer, contributor, subject and date. Click on a song to see images and the actual sheet music with lyrics. You can also listen to a selection of songs, such as "Poor Old Slave," by George W.H Griffin and "Darling Nelly Gray," by Benjamin Russel Hanby, and read the biographies of some well-known composers like Harry Von Tilzer. Take a look at the related sites section for more information.